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benedict xvi says he is resigning and is the first pontiff to do so in 600 years. we'll tell you why this comes as a surprise. well, well, well. growing up, we didn't have u-verse. we couldn't record four shows at the same time. in my day, you were lucky if you could record two shows. and if mom was recording her dumb show and dad was recording his dumb show then, by george, that's all we watched. and we liked it! today's kids got it so good. [ male announcer ] get u-verse tv for just $19 a month for 1 year when you bundle tv and internet. rethink possible. >> [ pope speaking latin ] >> stunning news from the vatican. pope benedict xvi is resigning. >> it's the first time a pope has resigned in nearly 600 years. >> his health. the last pope to freely resign was in the 13th century. ♪ [ music ]♪ >> stars and surprises on music's biggest night of the year. >> no bare breasts, no thongs, no see-through clothing but apparently, not everyone got the memo. >> as you can see, i read the memo. >> more than 200,000 people are still without power in the northe
. >> -- and all that matters. >> a new report says that benedict's hearing has deteriorated and he's got blind in the left eye. >> the conclave may start earlier. >> could you be the next nominee? >> that enters the world of fantasy. >> -- on "cbs this morning." >> the first lawsuit from a passenger aboard the carnival cruise ship. >> finally one of those vacations that will be remembered as his idea. >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." the white house is under fire after a draft of its immigration plan leaked over the weekend. >> republicans are accusing the administration of meddling in bipartisan plans to score political points. bill plante is at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, norah, good morning, charlie. white house officials say what they really want is for the senators from both sides to write a new law to reform immigration. they denied that they're trying to politicize the process. president obama's newly pointed chief of staff said sunday that the white house is working on a plan of its own to deal with the 11 million undocument
for son tiff kit of pope benedict xvi. then around 2:00 he will catch a flight to rome where he will take part in selecting the next pope. pope benedict held his final sunday blessing this morning. he will only have one scheduled appearance before he retires on thursday. this all comes as the italian media now reporting a whirlwind of controversy surrounding his historic resignation. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi praying with cardinals. outside that spiritual haven a storm is brewing. the vatican is lashing out at the italian media for a string of what they call quote defamatory false reports. >> it is deplorable as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the conclave and the cardinal electors will be held in conscious and before god to freely indicate their choice that there be a wide spread distribution of often unverifiable or completely false news stories. >> reporter: italian newspapers have suggested a secret dossier prepared by the pope and three cardinals. the report lists a series of scandals involving sex, money, and power. and suggesting a shadowy gay lobby. the content
legal troubles. >> thanks for joining us at 6:00. our top stories tonight, pope benedict the xvi giving his final blessings to a huge crowd in st. peter's square today. police estimated over 100,000 people gathered to listen to the pope's last weekly prayer. pope benedict thanked everyone for his prayers and support he's received in the recent weeks. the 85-year-old pontiff will step down on thursday at 8:00 p.m. >>> a special mass today before heading to the airport. >> he'll be taking part in the selection of a new pope. lauren? >> reporter: the cardinal stopped to speak with us. he said pope benedict's successor will have to have a balance between wisdom and energy. enough energy to take on the abilities and wisdom to lead the church. it's secretive, but he shared what he could with us. >> reporter: loaded to rome for the mission of a lifetime. >> apart from the most significant thing you could do, i can't imagine that i would have to do anything as important as this. >> cardinal donald world, departing from dull less international headed to italy. >> the preparation for something as
. >>> this was a bittersweet day at the vatican as pope benedict xvi made his final sunday appearance as the church faced new allegations of wrongdoing. nbc's anne thompson is at the vatican for us again tonight. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. today's events, you can see both the strengths and weaknesses of the catholic church, the exuberant energy and faith in the massive crowd gathered here, and the new charges of abuse that continue to haunt this institution. today, the world came to st. peter's square for pope benedict's final sunday blessing. part pep rally. part prayer service. just being in the crowd of 1,000 was a learning experience for these american students. >> that the faith has no national boundaries and political interests. >> reporter: the object of their affection and gratitude, the 85-year-old pontiff. he told the crowd he is not abandoning the church but answering god's call to more prayer and meditation, more appropriate for his age and strength. yet even in this joyful square, the scandals that marked his papacy were on the minds of some. >> i think he has done an
from n. >>> the long farewell. pope benedict delivering his final sunday this morning. thousands flocking to st. peter's square as the vatican deals with another claim of inappropriate behavior, this time by a cardinal. >>> and the winner is? the excitement building this morning. the oscars just hours away. we'll take a look at which movies and stars could take home that coveted golden statue today. sunday, february 24, 2013. >>> very festive music on this sunday morning. >> wish you were walking awe with a statue right now. >> i think we should. i'm erica hill. >> and i'm lester holt. we'll have more on oscar buzz coming up. but we have serious news, including the scary crash at daytona. a crowd went flying into the wall during the final lap. 33 people hurt. crews working throughout the night to get the track ready for today's daytona 500. a live report in just a moment. >>> also this morning, yet another round of gridlock. we're just five days away from sweeping spending cuts that could impact everything from your food to your paycheck, and they could be just the beginning. com
more progressive than benedict. >> i think that it's good he decided to resign if he feels like hs aging enough that he can't be in control of the p church and divisions and put someone in significantly younger and have more of a heartbeat of the younger generation and what might matter to them move forward. >> among the candidates, one from the philippines recently said the church should listen more and admit its mistakes. it's unlikely the new pope will be from the united states. >>> beautiful day for a trip to the beach. it's still february. this is what it's going to look like tomorrow. it's not going to look this way in the early part of the workweek. >>> meteorologist is tracking a major change coming up in the forecast. >> i don't think it's going to include many beach days. forecast today, cooler than saturday's 70-degree high temperatures. santa cruz, a lot of sunshine. 57 in fremont. here is what lies ahead in the forecast. cold trough of low pressure dropping in on us. right around this time tomorrow night. clouds are filling in. we'll see rain and we'll see wind. that's
. >>> pope benedict xvi delivers his final sunday blessing. what he had to say to thousands at st. peter square. >>> an historic day at the daytona 500. >>> complete bay area news coverage starts right now. this is ktvu channel 2 news at 5. >>> good evening. i'm ken wayne. >> and hello, everyone. i'm heather holmes. dozens of people are figuring out their next steps tonight after a fast-moving fire tore through their apartment building in san francisco. kara is live at the scene and tells us it was police officers who first spotted the smoke. >> reporter: that's right. the officers were headed to another call when they saw smoke coming from this apartment building. just a few hours ago, this entire intersection was shut down. right now you can see a red cross truck parked out front. volunteers are helping those displaced by the fire. some 40 people were forced to evacuate the five--story apartment building just before noon. >> cops screaming and banging on doors. we told them we were coming, and they're saying, no, now, now, now! we're trying to throw on clothes. i'm still scared. >> re
pope benedict reassured roman catholics that will continue to serve god when he enters retirement on thursday. but as that transition gets under way, allen pizzey reports a new vatican scandal has emerged. >> benedict used his final sunday blessing to assure the estimated 100,000 people in st. peter's square that he wasn't abandoning the church. the 85-year-old pope said we would continue to serve but in a way more suitable to my age and my strengths. the crises that sapped his strength continue to swirl even as benedict goes into what he calls a new life of prayer and meditation. >> in the name of the father. >> three priests of the former cleric have claimed that cardinal keith o'brien of scotland engage in the inappropriate contact with them 30 years ago. their charges were sent to the 1r59 can a week before the prepare resigned. the myriad scandals in the church didn't worry elizabeth warbl of st. paul minnesota. >> it's in god's hands. the holy spirit has been with the church for 2,000 years, i don't think it will crumbable in a year. >> kenneth sympathized with benedict. >>
in the heartland. >>> final blessing. the enormous crowd to hear pope benedict deliver his last public words of prayer. this as more cardinals are asked today to skip the election of a new pope. >>> and the academy awards, the show stopping finale. the brand new host. >> the biggest challenge is going to be getting there on time. i think it starts at 5:30. >> and meet the only two people on earth who already know who the winners are. >> good evening, everyone. thank you so much for joining us on this spd night. i'm paula faris. davis mur is on assignment. we begin with the dramatic start to the nascar season. the stadium packed with 167,000 fans for the celebrated daytona 500 today. they were there to watch jimmie johnson cross the finish line and take the season's first prize. but in the back of their minds, there were these images of the terrifying end to yesterday's preliminary race. a spin-out involving a dozen cars. one mangled car smashing into the fence and breaking into pieces. some pieces striking fans and injuring 28 people. after a frantic night repairing all of that damage, today
have a new pope sooner than expected. just a few days before stepping down, pope benedict xvi changes church law in historic move. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi has revised the rule on how his successor will be chosen. cardinals no longer have to wait 15 days after the pope resigns to begin voting for a new holy father. after benedict steps down on friday, cardinals can decide to move up the secret ceremony to elect a pope known as the conclave. >> i think they should do it as quickly as possible. >> i'm very surprised, i thought it would be something that took a lot longer. >> reporter: the vatican would like a new pope in place on march 24th. that means the new pope must be installed a week earlier. when the voting starts, scotish cardinal keith o bryan will be noticeably absent. o'brien resigned under allegations that he behaved inappropriately with other priests 30 years ago. he says he does not want the allegation to be a distraction. >> the fact that his registration -- resignation has been accepted by pope benedict is good. not in
a starting date for the conclave that will pick the next pope. in his last sunday service today pope benedict reassured roman catholics that he will continue to serve god when he entered retirement on thursday. but as that transition gets under way allen pizzey reports a new vatican scandal has emerged. >> reporter: benedict used his final sunday blessing to assure the estimated 100,000 people in st. pelter's square that he wasn't abandoning the church. the 85-year-old pope said he would continue to serve but in a way more suitable to my age and my strength. the crises that sapped his strength continue to swirl even as benedict goes into what he called a new life of prayer and meditation. three priests and a former cleric have claimed that cardinal keith o'brien in scottland engauged in inappropriate contact with them 30 years ago. their charges were sent to the vatican a week before the pope resigned. the myriad scandals in the church didn't worry elizabeth walsh of st. paul minnesota. >> it's if god's hands. the holly spirit has been with the church for 2,000 years. i don't think it is all
. >> all that. >> and another for carmelo anthony. >> and all that matters. >> a new report says benedict's hearing has deteriorated. he's even gone blind in his left eye. >> the conclave to elect the next pope might start earlier than expected. >> could you be the nominee? >> that enters into the world of fantasy. >> on "cbs this morning." >> the first lawsuit has been filed by one of the passengers on board that damaged carnival cruise ship. >> finally ending the vacation that couples aboard will forever remember as his idea. >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." the white house is under fire after a draft of its immigration plan leaked over the weekend. >> republicans are accusing the administration of meddling in bipartisan congressional plans for immigration reform to score political points. bill plante is at the white house. bill, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. and good morning out west. the leaked white house plan does provide a path to citizenship after eight years. but white house officials say that what they really want is for senators from both parties
at the vatican to choose a successor to pope benedict. and tonight, a cbs reporter shows us, there are new hints of scandal clouded of pope's final days. >> in a final address today, benedict thanked church officials for helping him bear the weight. the italian media has been riddled with alleged scandals, including the existence of a gay lobby of homosexual priests within the church high . the latest stories are centered on an investigation by three cardinals into the scandal that resulted in the conviction of the pope's butler for stealing secret documents. today, the vatican issued a blast of defusion of news that is often unverified, unverifyable and false, with serious damage to people and institutions. the main concern seems to be the effect the news could have on the cardinals when they enter the conclave to choose the next pope. scottland's cardinal summed it up this way. >> knowing the person who might choose will be assuming increasi heavy responsibilities, not just for the roman catholic church, but for itself. >> benedict remains busy with the responsibility of fare well. today i
will be watching. >>> pope benedict xvi hiding in plain site, and deadline approaching on capitol hill, how does budding heads over spending cuts could effect all of us. >> sunshine on a sunday but there is a storm system approaching the west coast. will we see rain here from the storm system? clear night tonight over the beautiful bay bridge, low temperatures tonight and when we hit 70 again. that is coming up. ,,,, ,,,, his last sunday blessing at vatican. but while the pope may be ste . >>> president obama delivered his last sunday bless -- pope benedict xvi delivered his last sunday blessing. from have itcon city with detail -- vatican city with details. >> reporter: he assured the 100,000 people in st. peters square he wasn't abandoning the church. he said he would continue to suv but in a way more suitable to my age and strength. pope benedict xvi goes into what he call as new life for prayer and meditation. >> in the name -- >> reporter: they claimed he encaged in inappropriate contact with him years ago. the scandals didn't worry her. >> it is in god's hands. >> reporter: he sympathized.
worth $48,000. >> ben tracy, thanks. >>> pope benedict steps down on thursday. yesterday he gave his final sunday blessing and defended his decision to retire. this morning the pope changed the conclave rules allowing the cardinals to hold the conclave earlier than normal. and there is news surrounding one of the cardinals who was set to help pick benedict's successor. alan pizzey is in have the can city. >> reporter: more troubles for the vatican and the conclave. cardinal keith o'brien of scotland announced he was resigning and would not take part in the conclave to announce benedict's successor. he was accused of what's called inappropriate contact with four young priests some 30 years ago. the cardinal denies the allegations but said he was not taking part in the conclave so as not to detract from the major issue of choosing pope benedict's successor. that brings the number of voting cardinals down to 115. benedict told the faithful who came to his last sunday blessing that he was not abandoning the church but doing what was best to serve it. in his words, in a
leaders say those increases are unacceptable. >>> pope benedict has three more days as leader of the catholic church. he delivered a service in a packed st. peters square. he will officially step down at 8:00 p.m. on thursday. pope benedict resigns amid rumors of a sex scandal, such as gay priests being blackmailed. >>> the end of the castro era in cuba, in sight. raul castro says he plans on stepping down in 2018, which is the end of his second term. fidel castro's 81-year-old brother made the announcement sunday, shortly after the country's national assembly elected him to a second five-year term. as for a possible successor? raul castro says cuba's first vice president, miguel diaz, is part of a new generation that will provide the future leadership of that country. >>> high school administrators in grant forks, north dakota, are investigating a shocking incident. three students showed up for a state hockey tournament on friday, wearing ku klux klan-style hoods. a photo of the three was posted to twitter. generated a lot of outrage. school officials have contacted the paren
, but was revived and then died last night. >>> now to vatican city where pope benedict thanks members of the vatican's central administration for their support before he leaves office. he spoke with a group of personnel, some privately, and then tomorrow, pope benedict will hold his last sunday blessing. here in ballet bhoash local parishioners held a mass in honor of the 85-year-old. >> reporter: a mass of thanksgiving. catholics say good-bye to pope benedict xvi. >> we want to pray for him. >> reporter: hundreds packed the pews for huh this historic service. it's the first time living pope has retired since 1415. >> it's a great act to step aside on behalf of the great needs of the church. it speak thoises great humanity and love of us. >> reporter: parishioners expressed their favoring opinions of the pope. >> he's put in major contributions while he was pope. >> we wanted to pray for him. we know he will spend the rest o his days in prayer for us. >> reporter: cardinals will choose a new pope in coming weeks. >> when i see that white smoke
that has the pope's spokesman of accusing people of trying to pick pope benedict's successor. the oscars are tonight and the question remains who is going to win. we will have the various races, who are the potential upsets going into tonight. we will look at that and on a light note it's a canine fat camp. inside a company this is helping to get minnesota's best friend healthy and trim. pet obesity, apparently a big problem in america. one dog at this place lost 25 pounds in three weeks, which would be impressive for humans. and that's all coming up on gma this morning. katie, hope you will be in the audience. >> i hope those canines can have some tips for their two-legged friends. >> especially going into top's oscars viewing party. >> oh, yes, you can be too thin. thanks, dan. >>> >>> this morning there are nearly 400 fewer firearms on the peninsula after a tri-city gun buyback. the event involving palo alto, east palo alto and menlo park was so popular many were turned away. police paid $100 forehand guns and 300 for assault weapons. one man alone collected $1,400. >> i'm a duck hunt
benedict xvis a -- last public prayer before he retires. the vatican is strongly denouncing italian media reports that gay priests at the vatican were being blackmailed by male prostitutes. i will speak to a journalist who covers the vatican later on this hour. >>> back in this country, a winter storm is slamming colorado right now. forecasters say denver could get up to ten inches of snow. the storm moves on to the plain states tomorrow and in the northeast, it's a pretty messy weekend there as well. this is what manchester, new hampshire, looks like. lots of wet, heavy snow. about 6,000 homes and businesses are now without power. >>> hollywood heavyweights are getting red carpet ready for the oscars. the 85th annual academy awards gets under way about three hours from now. and this year could be one for the record books. we will explain why in just a few moments, live from hollywood. >>> all right. back to daytona. can danica patrick race her way to victory lane? that's the question of the hour as patrick remains near the front of the pack with less than 50 laps to go in the daytona 500
you open an account. >>> this was a bittersweet day at the vatican as pope benedict xvi made his final sunday appearance and the church faced new allegations of wrong doing. nbc's ann thompson is at the vatican for us tonight. ann, good evening. >> good evening, lester. people packed st. peters square today to say good-bye to pope benedict. he told the crowd that by retiring he was not abandoning the church, but, rather, that god had called him to a life of more prayer and meditation. the crowd, in turn, in song and with signs and in many different languages said thank you to the 85-year-old pontiff. as that was happening, there were new charges. there were charges being brought against a scottish cardinal, one of the men that will vote for the new pope, three priests and one young priest accused him of inappropriate behavior. lester. >> ann thompson in rome tonight. thank you. >>> that's "nbc nightly news" for this sunday. i'll see you short loyel
. >> kirit, our thanks to you. >>> on this sunday, a swelling crowd at the vatican for one of pope benedict's final appearances. just as we learn tonight of jockeying among the cardinals of the vatican and of the bold warning. cardinals will be told they will not be allowed to tweet when they arrive to choose the new pope. david wright reporting from the vatican. david? >> reporter: good evening, david. it's late, but the lights are on tonight in the pope's apartment. just look up there. they seem to be the only ones on. perhaps he's packing up. earlier today as he addressed the faithful, he didn't even acknowledge his imminent departure, but the crowd sure did. at least 50,000 roman catholics came to say goodbye. but pope benedict kept it strictly business as usual. even though he will appear in that window just one more time, before he makes way for someone else. >> the crowd was here for benedict today and it matters probably more to them than to him. >> reporter: even before this pope has fully said his goodbyes, behind the scenes the focus has already turned to choosing his successor.
that for you on tomorrow's "cbs evening news." pope benedict has just three days left in office and today in one of his last acts before retiring he changed the church rules so that the election of his successor can begin sooner. whoever that successor is, allen pizzey tells us he will be inheriting a church in turmoil. >> reporter: the pope seems increasingly at peace as he says his last good-byes. but he leaves behind the vatican beset by troubles for the next pope and those who will choose him. today, britain's most senior cleric, scottish cardinal keith o'brien, officially resigned and then took the unprecedented step of opting out of the conclave after he was accused of inappropriate contact with three priests dating back 30 years. o'brien disputes the accusation but said he didn't want to be the focus of media attention in rome. the news came as the pope accepted a report into what is likely to be his successor's greatest burden. an internal investigation into power struggles and corruption within the vatican hierarchy. the pope ordered the investigation after his butler was found t
this weekend. some media outlets in italy say they have uncovered the real reason pope benedict is stepping down. the real reason he's stepping down. >>> and church officials are doing something they almost never do. they're going public saying it's not true. and cnn's ben weanman has the very latest. ben? >> reporter: on february 11th, pope benedict xvi shocked the world, announcing he was stepping down at the end of the month. too old and too tired to conduct his official duties. but reports broke in two leading italian publications suggesting his reason for resigning was far more explosive. shock at the discovery of a network of gay priests at the vatican, blackmailed by a network of male prostitutes. according to the reports, the results of an investigation by three cardinals assigned to look into wrongdoing at the vatican were submitted to pope benedict on december 17th last year. the reports say that dossier also suggests serious financial improprieties within the vatican, amounting to violations of the sixth and seventh commandments, thou shall not steal or commit adultery. they were
to say thank you and good-bye to pope benedict xvi. >> i knew i wanted to come witness it. >> reporter: 20-year-old thadeus howard of georgia brought an american flag. >> i wanted the pope to know he's supported from america. >> reporter: in six different languages benedict addressed the crowd. >> thank you for your prayers and support you have shown me in these days. >> reporter: in german he spoke of his difficult days. in [ speaking spanish spanish he as for himself and the future pope. his retirement creates a situation not seen in the church in centuries. two living popes. john davis who covered the vatican for 30 years says benedict is not a med ler. >> he'll probably ensure whatever he does he would never up stage the next pope. >> reporter: while appreciated today as a holy man, critics say his executive skills fell woefully short. >> there is a need for someone who has managerial skills in terms of running the ship of state. neither john paul ii nor benedict were managers by nature. >> reporter: benedict's failures, made public in documents leaked by his butler last year layin
>> we're back with one last look at vatican city. that is where pope benedict 16 is wrapping up an emotional final address. a short time ago he told pilgrims from all across the globe that to love the church means also to have the courage to make difficult, painful decisions always keeping the good of the church in mind, not one's self-. >> he went on to say while he faced joy he also had difficult moments stkaourg his leadership. and he said he will continue to serve the church through prayer. the pontiff thanked all for respecting his decision to retire. he is the first pope in 600 years to do so. >> i'm deeply grateful for understanding, support and prayers of many of you from those at home and around. the decision i have made in god's will and deep love of church. >> pope benedict xvi asked for special prayers for the cardinals and whomever they choose to be his successor. he will officially enter retirement tomorrow. that will do it for us. "fox & friends" starts right now. >> good morning. it's wednesday. it's february 27, 2013. i'm gretchen carlson. i hope you're going to
benedict steps down on thursday. yesterday he gave his final sunday blessing and defended his position to retire and there's news this morning surrounding one of the cardinals who helped pick benedict's successor and the pope has changed the conclave rules to hold the conclave earlier than normal. allen pizzey is in vatican city. >> reporter: more troubles for the vatican city and the conclave. it was announced he was resigning and would not take part. cardinal o'brien is the focus of atense because he's been accused of inappropriate contact with four young priests some 30 years ago. the cardinal denies the allegations but said he was not taking part in the conclave so as not to detract from the conclave to choose pope benedict's successor. that brings the number down to 115. benedict told the faithful who came to his last sunday blessing that he was not abandoning the church but doing what was best to serve it in a way more suitable to my age and my strength. certainly the scandal that keeps erupting would tax the strength of any 85-year-old. even before ben dig
's square today. that is double the number of people who attended just last week. pope benedict's final audience scheduled for a week from wednesday. 35,000 people have already requested tickets to that. he plans to go in retirement in vatican city. >>> here in the bay area, there are varying opinions on who should be the next pope. today in downtown san jose, some suggested the next pope should be a woman or minority. well, a woman is off the table. but any baptized catholic male can be the pope. everyone we spoke to today agreed the next pope should be someone more progressive than benedict. >> i think that it's good that he decided to resign if he feels he's aging enough that he can't be in control of the church and decisions. perhaps it's time to put someone in significantly younger and has more of a heart beat on what would matter moving forward. >> the next leader is expected to be in place in a couple of weeks. >>> hundreds of people gathered today to mark a time in u.s. history they hope will ner be repeated. the annual day of remembrance marked the signing of the executive orde
. these are some of the last pictures of pope benedict xvi before he steps down at pope on thursday. the pontiff giving his final sunday bless to go 100 thousands of the faithful in st. peter's square. he says even though he's retiring, he's not abandoning the church. he'll live in a monastery on the vatican grounds. he has one more public appearance on wednesday. then he becomes the first pope in 600 years to step down. coming up in the next hour, we've have a lot more. the pope's last day at the window. monsignor james liasson ty. >> brand-new information about the horrific crash that injured dozens of nascar fans. >> a live look at the daytona speedway where crews worked through the night to repair a gaping hole in the catch fence. thank goodness this was there. a car careened off the track, hurling debris into the stands. even part of the engine. the people were lined up along the fence as the cargoes airborne. the fence ripping off the front of the vehicle, sending chunks of metal into the crowd. here's what some fans had to say. >> i didn't realize he was hurt as bad until i saw him laying
daytona. >>> pope benedict xvi gave his final blessing at the vatican before his resignation, officially stepping down on thursday. alex savage is live with more on some of the controversy surrounding the process to find his replacement. alex? >> reporter: the church's sexual abuse scandal could certainly play a role in the selection process moving forward. today, catholics around the world and here in the bay area are honoring pope benedict xvi as he steps down just days later on this week. earlier on this morning, the outgoing pope gave his final blessing at the vatican. >> yes, guys, they are right there. >> the 85-year-old spoke from his studio window addressing a huge crowd that packs st. peter square. estimated at roughly 100,000 people. the pope spoke in a clear, strong voice thanking the faithful for their closeness and affection and tried to reassure catholics that he is not abandoning the church. he'll be stepping down on thursday. the first pope to do so in 600 years. and then soon the search for the next pope will begin. a conclave of 120 cardinals will vote in vote on benedi
the final blessing of pope benedict. the 100,000 people on hand got the blessing and heard the hope give more reasons. he told the crowd that god told thime live a life of more prayer and medication. the 85-year-old pontiff said god asked him to live his life with the same dedication but in a way more appropriate for his age and strength. >> gratitude, expression and prayer. >> very happy to hear that he is not going away from this and that he is going to be in prayer. i was moved to hear those words from him. >> i was very grateful y. have seen the pope before. now i am grateful to see the pope for the last time for now. >> reporter: this very joyous event played out against background of news scandal. headlines about priests accusing scottish cardinals of inappropriate behavior going back some 30 years. those priests and the former priests want cardinal o'brien to resign immediately before he comes here to vote for the new pope. a papal spokesperson says the pope will be informed about the matter and the vatican will issue a statement tomorrow morning. >>> pope benedict will make his l
. >> reporter: pope benedict delivered his final blessing to tens of thousands from his apartment overlooking saint peters square. between rounds of applause and emotional prayers -- >> i had some tears from my eyes. >> reporter: the holy father said he is not abandoning the church. he is retiring to spend his final years in prayer. the 85-year-old is stepping down on thursday. the first pope to do so in 600 years. >> you can feel it is something special among the people here. >> reporter: cardinals from around the world are arriving in rome to elect the next pope. what is normally a delicate transition has been interrupted by morale tkpwaeugs of scandal. >> italian media is reporting that the pope decided to resign after learning that a secret room of gay priests were being blackmailed. >> reporter: closed door vatican discussions about the allegations. the church calls the report false. >> it is focused on scandals in the church. again some, have been very, very real. nobody is denying them. the focus only goes to that we are deflected t
into the stands hurting fans. >>> and pope benedict xvi prepares to step down. there he is addressing the hundreds if not thousands gathered to see him. i am richard jordan. >> i am angie goff. it's sunday, february 24th, 2013, and we will have more from the vatican. first, we want to get over to your weather. >> let's go to meteorologist, chuck bell, and he has the forecast. >> good morning to both of you, and good morning, everybody, winter is here. you said it was going to be sunny today, and it is, you have to wait a couple hours for the sunshine. right now temperatures in the 30s and 40s, so not terribly cold, but there's light sprinkles down to the south along i-95 down to the south and a few sprinkles across frederick, maryland, as well. on your way out the door this morning a couple sprinkles and showers but that won't last long and we will have sunshine by lunchtime. >>> a double homicide overnight. police were called before 2:00 this morning to a report of shots fired off new hampshire avenue. officers found two men dead in a driveway. no word on their identities or the search for a gunm
begin this sunday with the resignation of pope benedict xvi. the pontiff today delivered one of his last sunday blessings from the vatican. tens of thousands of people packed st. peter's square today to hear the departing pope. next sunday will be the last time the 85-year-old pontiff temperatures will the traditional blessing from his apartment window. the pope announced earlier this month he will retire on february 28th due to failing health. >>> this is a unique and historic moment in the church and bay area catholics are anxiously awaiting a decision on pope a's successor. allie rasmus continue ours coverage interest from st. mary's cathedral in san francisco. >> reporter: heather, right now you can see dozens of people still filing out of st. mary's cathedral in san francisco. necessity were part of a ceremony to welcome new members to the catholic faith, so the people that you seeer are in the process of converting to catholicism. can you see some of them taking a picture with the archbishop. today was the first sunday of lent and also the first sunday since pope benedict announced
sunday sermon in sunday square where pope benedict will step down and this one, the church did not see coming. the allegations of sex, money and scandal at the highest levels of the church. >> pope benedict is stepping down this coming thursday, but it seems his last days as pope may not be so easy. >> reporter: reports broke in two leading italian publications suggest that the reason for resigning was far more explosive. shock at the discovery of a network of gay priests at the vatican blackmailed by a network of male prostitutes. according to the reports the results of an investigation by three cardinals assigned to look into wrong-doing at the vatican were submitted to pope benedict last year. the reports say that it's suggested that serious financial improprieties were revealed. the pope was so shocked by the findings, he decided to resign. the vatican has responded with uncharacteristically strong language calling it unverified or unverifiable even completely false news stories cause damage to persons and institutions are an attempt to use public opinion to influence the cardinal'
. >>> continuing our coverage of the pope's resignation, less than a week before pope benedict xvi steps down, the italian media is publishing controversial reports about new secrets within the church. as molly line reports, today, the vatican blasted back at the reports. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi, praying with cardinals on the last day of lenten religious services. but outside the spiritual haven, a storm is brewing. the vatican is lashing out at the italian media for a string of what they call, quote, defamatory falsified reports. >> it is deplorable that as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the conclave and the cardinal electors will be held in conscience and before god to freely indicate their choice, that there be a widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable, or completely false news stories. >> reporter: italian newspapers in recent days have suggested a secret dossier prepared by the pope, alleging a series of scandals involving sex, money and power, even suggesting a, quote, shadowy gay lobby in the vatican. there's speculation in the italian media the
. >>> pope benedict xvi is scheduled to resign from the papacy on february 28th. the italian moda is reporting a whirlwind of controversy around his resignation. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi praying with cardinals on the last day of religious services. outside that spiritual haven, a storm is brewing. the vatican is lashing out at the italian media for a string of what they call, quote, defamatory falsified reports. >> it's deplorable that as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the conclave and the cardinal electors will be held in conscience and before god to freely indicate their choice that there be a widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable or completely false news stories. >> reporter: italian newspapers in recent days suggested a secret docier prepared for the pope by three cardinals who investigated leaked documents in 2012. the report alleges a series of scandals involving sex, money, and power and suggesting a, quote, shadowy gay lobby in the vatican. -- vatican. there is speculation the contents is what caused pope benedict xvi to resign. >>
voting change and the allegations of inappropriate behavior. >> pope benedict xvi has revised the rule on how his successor will be chosen. they no longer have to wait 15 days to begin voting for a new holy father. after benedict steps down on thursday cardinals can decide to move up the ceremony. >> i think we should get it to as soon as possible. >> i'm surprise d. >> they would like a new pope before easter week, march 24th. keith o'brien will be noticeably absent. he resigned amid allegations he behaved inappropriately with other priests 30 years ago. o'brien denies the acquisitions and says he does not want the allegations to be a distraction. >> the fact that it has been accepted by pope benedict i think is significant. not of guilt, but certainly that we want an investigation to begin. >> some tourists say the new allegations are another blemish for the church. >> it's sad. very sad. >> i think it's a shame they have to experience that. >> pope benedict also met monday with the elderly cardinals who conducted a probe into the leak of vatican documents. the out going pope has de
to the vaticanyou. where pope benedict is set to resign this coming thursday. cardinals from around the worldenedi have started to arrive in rome to elect the successor.d the tonight as allen pizzey reports,n there are new hints of scandal clouding the pope's final few days.l >> reporter: in a final address to the vatican bureaucracy today, benedict thanked church officials for helping him bear what he called the weight of the papacy. just how heavy the weight is has been highlighted over the past the week. ju the italian media has been pa riddled with eyebrow-raising stories of alleged scandals,n r including the existence of a gay ey lobby of homosexual priestsst within the church hierarchy. that may be an exaggeration, but a vatican official was fired because of a homosexual liaisonas in 2007 and another in 2010. the latest stories to offend then vatican are centered on an investigation by three cardinals. into the so-called vati-leaks b scandal that resulted in the conviction of the pope's butler for stealing documents. va today, the vatican issued ahe blast: the main concern seems to be the ef
to be with you. >> axelrod: now to the vatican where pope benedict is set to resign this coming thursday. cardinals from around the world have started to arrive in rome to elect the successor. there are new hint of scandal clowgd the pope's final few days. >> reporter: in a final address to the vatican bureaucracy today benedict thanked church officials for helping him bear what he called the weight of the papacy. just how heavy the weight is has been highlightedded over the past week. italian media has been riddled with eyebrow-raising stories of potential scandals. that may be an exaggerate but a vatican official was fired because of a homosexual liaison in 2007 and another in 2010. the latest investigations are by three cardinals into the so-called vati-babies scandal that resulted in the conviction of the pope's butler for stealing documents. the main concern seems to be the effect the news cooch on the cardinals when they swer the conclave to choose the next post. >> the personal we might choose will be assuming increasingly heavy responsibility. >> reporter: benedict remains busy w
benedict the 16th deliver his final sunday blessing. >> i think everyone for the many expressions of gratitude. this morning the pontiff think the crowd in english. the pope will retire on thursday. here in baltimore, local parishioners held a mass to honor the 85-year-old. at a may has story. >> reporter: a mass at the cathedral of mary our queen. catholics say goodbye to pope benedict the 16th. >> we know that he's given everything to us, now we want to pray for him. >> hundreds packed with pews for this historic service. it's the first time a living pope has retired since 1415. >> it's an act of great humility to step aside in view of the great needs of the church. it also speaks to his great humanity and his loss -- his love for all of us. >> he wasn't that anxious to become pope when they made him pope. he's put in a major contribution. >> we know he will spend the rest of his days in prayer for us. >> cap was also pray for cardinals for the new pope. >> i guess i would like to say, yes, it's going to be an american. smith. >>
, soledad. breaking news as pope benedict xvi entering his final days as leader of the catholic church, britain's top cardinal, keith o'brien stepping down. this following accusations that o'brien abused young men studying for the priest hood and amid italian media reports that the pope is stepping down due to a vatican involving priests and male prostitutes. becky anderson is live with more. good morning, becky. >> they say a week is a long time in politics, but an hour is a long time in politic there. there is a news briefing going on for journalists as we speak. i'll get you as many of the lines out of that as i can. bombshells coming sort of right, left and scepter this morning out of vatican. let's start with that breaking news on the top brit tissue cardinal. cardinal keith o'brien who has resigned. the pop has declared that today. we are told he talked about his resignation to the pope back in november. he was of ailing health and at 75 he thought he should go. but his resignation hasn't been announced, nor was it going to be until his birthdate on march 15th. as of today, the t
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